Said to be closely identified with folk cultures, the mandolin is a member of a diverse family of string instruments.
The Victoria Mandolin Orchestra, led by jazz and classical bassist Alex Olson, embraces classical, ethnic and popular music, plus pieces from the mandolin orchestra tradition.
The orchestra plays Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Norway House, 1110 Hillside Ave. Admission is $5. For details, visit www.victoriafolkmusic.ca.